5 key areas of service

Acting boldly in the face of overwhelming need

Our community faces a tidal wave of need. The after-effects of the recession devastates our city.

  • Poverty has reached historic levels.
  • Government agencies slash their budgets more and more every day.
  • Nonprofits struggle to keep their doors open.

Giving up isn't an option. We can't sit back and watch the world go by. We hope you won't either. Our 5 key areas of service address the most pressing needs in King County today. Will you help us make them a reality?

Our work won't end until every child knows love, every family finds hope, and every man and woman finds faith and healing in the God that created them.

We've taken a deep look at the struggles people face in the forgotten parts of our city — dark alleys, inner city neighborhoods, under freeways. The time to respond has come.


More and more seniors run out of money for food before the end of the month. Families face the difficult choice of paying rent and going hungry — eating and losing their home.

Serving meals at the Mission will no longer stem the rising tide of hunger. We must do more.

Learn more about our hunger initiative


Sleeping bags. Tents. Cardboard boxes. Walk through Seattle at night and you'll see them everywhere. Hundreds more hide underneath I-5 or in other dark corners of the city.

We're expanding our shelter system and exploring new housing options.

Learn more about our homelessness initiative


Poverty lies at the core of every other issue we face. Catastrophic life events, lack of skills or general dysfunction are just a few of the causes.

We're reaching into the dark corners and dead end streets to guide men and women down a path away from poverty.

Learn more about our poverty initiative


Poverty in inner city Seattle/King County drives youth to gangs. Gang life starts at 12 or 13 because lack of support and meaningful relationships drives young people to find somewhere to belong.

We can prevent this tragedy by helping kids succeed in school and giving them role models they can trust.

Learn more about our high risk youth initiative


Chains of addiction forged over years or decades cannot be broken overnight. The Mission’s long-term residential recovery programs for both men and women have proven exceptionally effective, but capacity is limited.

The need far exceeds the supply. In response, we are expanding and enhancing our recovery programs.

Learn more about our addiction initiative

Do you have ideas about how to solve these problems?

Please get in touch with us — 206.723.0767 x428 or mission@ugm.org — to share your ideas.


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